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2.68  ·  Rating details ·  2,563 ratings  ·  571 reviews
When Adam Freedman - a straight, cis teen from Piedmont, California - goes to stay with his older sister, Casey, in Brooklyn, he fantasizes about a summer of freedom, new friends, and falling in love. He’s in for a surprise.

It’s 2006, and Casey has thrown herself into NYC’s lesbian and trans activist scene - marriage equality marches, L Word-watching parties, BDSM sex club
Paperback, 302 pages
Published June 10th 2014 by Mariner Books
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Cillian Ryan, I see your point and why you would be outraged. The best way to tank a book like this--or what it represents--is to not support the author.
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Oct 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
if you heard that the writing was deplorable, insulting to your mom, lesbians, and trans folks to boot, you might want to know that it's also racist af. i picked this up out of curiosity for what the buzz was all about but eventually lost a bunch of respect for myself for doing so, as more and more racist comments unfolded throughout the story. it's kind of terrifying that it seems like i'm the first reviewer to point them out on here.

from pretty much featuring all white characters (in new york
Oct 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: lgbt, ya, transgender
An awful, repulsive, transphobic, mess.

I didn't have high expectations going into this, I've had about enough of well-intentioned cis opinions on trans people, but I was willing to give Schrag the benefit of the doubt. And at first it seemed like it might actually not be that bad. Yes, the protagonist is a terrible person, but the implication was that he would grow. Yes, the trans people we see at the beginning of the novel were all one-dimensional, self-centered skater bros, but EVERY character
Dec 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
Seriously, why is this woman considered to be a queer icon? That’s not a rhetorical question. Has anyone actually read any of her books? They’re full of hatred towards queer people, especially gender-non-conforming queer women. Like, if a straight person said the things that she says, their books would be protested, but she’s queer and she wrote some cute and insightful comic books when she was in high school nearly two decades ago, so we should just let her say this shit unchecked?
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Elle (ellexamines)
May 14, 2018 marked it as zzzzz-coverporn-etc
☙ nemo ❧ (pagesandprozac)
May 14, 2018 marked it as nein-nein-nein
absolute fucking trash. i'm a trans guy and everything i've heard about this makes me want to throw up.

**Update. This review is getting a lot more attention now that they've announced a movie, so I just want to clarify: This is a bad book. It takes me awhile in my review to wind around to that, but it's crucial that everyone know this upfront. The whole plot is based on a fundamental, fucked-up deception, which is not just irresponsible but downright dangerous for a community (trans people) who have long been derided, abused, and even murdered for being deemed "deceptive." I cannot believe Ariel ...more
Alex Maynard
May 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
As a gay trans man, this book is absolutely vile and sickening to read.

This book describes trans men attracted to women as 'lesbians', which is completely transphobic to say the least - they are not lesbians because they are not women, they are straight trans men. The book implies that a trans man is still a woman if he hasn't had gender reassignment surgery yet. The author clearly did no research on actual trans people, as I have never met a single straight trans man who identified as a lesbian
May 10, 2016 rated it did not like it
Relentlessly transphobic, which I found personally offensive as a trans person. Gratuitous use of the "r" word for no reason at all-- many other, and less offensive, terms could have been used instead. Misrepresentation of trans men as misogynistic, hypersexual, assholes-- or them being represented as being only this way. Over-usage of "ugly" to describe butch/MOC women, emphasizing the expectation of all women to adhere to cisnormative, heteronormative standards of beauty. I found this especial ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Pages Read: 43

This book is making me really uncomfortable. I wanted to read this because of the LGBTQ+ stuff, but I've not even gotten to that aspect. Basically, I hate the MC. He's a horrible person and I don't want to spend any more time in his head. The only LGBT stuff that's happened is his lesbian sister telling him that a summer in NYC will make everyone at his school want to suck his dick. Oh yeah, and Adam and his friend watching his sister and her girlfriend have sex. The swearing and s
Gregory Baird
When I first picked up Adam, I confess I was simultaneously intrigued and repulsed by its premise. You see, Adam has the audacious idea to take the standard rom-com premise where someone pretends to be someone/something they're not, and throw in gender norms and sexuality as a twist. It all starts when 17 year-old Adam goes to visit his lesbian sister in New York City for the summer. He's determined to lose his virginity and make all his friends back home jealous, but finds himself surrounded by ...more
Jan 13, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya, ebook, 2015tob, lgbtq
I don't know if I can get through this without just hate reading, since there are some issues of consent (view spoiler) and I've read two chapters and I hate being in this guy Adam's head so much, he's such a ... this is one of his thoughts:

"What the fuck was that retard bitch talking about?"

Adam, I don't like you.
Jun 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
So horribly offensive that I DNFed it on page 112. I'm lucky I made it that far. Trans folks and lesbians deserve better than this.

AND UPDATE. It's being made into a movie now? UGHHHHH. BOYCOTTTTTTTTTT.
shady boots
Jul 15, 2019 marked it as fucking-never
Update: This is a Twitter thread from an extra that was hired for the movie adaptation of this book, and I honestly didn't think I could be more disgusted than I already was. Please read and spread it around; do not see this movie. Do not support it.

I know I haven't been on this site for a whole year, but I heard about this book on Twitter because it's apparently being made into a movie. The plot of this book disgusts me so deeply, I'm literally shaki
May 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
Probably the worst book in existence. The author has to be such a vile individual to even consider this idea. I was struggling to not vomit...and I need to take several showers now.
In a more normal world, I'd agree that a book where characters can't express the simplest thought without dropping six "f-bombs" and which includes a graphic (and hilarious) jaunt through a sex club is maybe a bit racy for the tykes. However, I'm not sure why, in this troubled world of ours where seven-year-olds are regularly exposed to Miley Cyrus, a book like this can't be marketed as YA.

Fortunately, despite meeting the criteria (except the PG test) for classic YA, Adam is sophisticated, funny
Jan 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
Look, all the deep and significant flaws with the representation in this book are reflected in other reviews. Yes-- they offended the heck out of me (me-- the 22 year old trans guy). Racism, antisemitism, transphobia, biphobia, etc etc were deeply ingrained in this book. Any one star review addresses those things. I have something I would like to add. The writing is just straight up bizarre. Besides reading like a queer theory 101 textbook with all kinds of stilted dialogue, there were some mome ...more
In Adam our eponymous 17 year old hero from the San Francisco Bay area manages to persuade his mother to let him spend the summer before his final year at high school with his lesbian sister, Casey, in New York City. Apparently, their parents don't know that their daughter is lesbian nor what she gets up to in New York (she's a student at Columbia but she seems to be spending most of her time attending "queer sex" parties and other orgies).

If Adam was written with a teenage readership in mind, I
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am obsessed with this book. My friend Bennett describes it as "the most LOL book" he's ever read, and I concur. Its funniness comes from a profound and compassionate understanding of what it's like to be young and dealing with complex issues of identity -- sexual and gender identity and just becoming a person in general. I recommend it to anyone who's ever been been young and confused about who they had to be and how they had to act in order to be attractive, cool, and loved. ...more
Warning: this review will contain an inappropriate quote. Because Adam has a lot of inappropriate things. Like recreational drug use and explicit sexual detail involving pornography. All within the first 20 pages. You have been cautioned.

Seventeen-year-old Adam Freedman has nothing to do over the summer. He decides to stay with his older sister Casey in her apartment in New York City, and right away he finds himself thrust into the lesbian subculture of 2006 - night clubs, trans people, and attr
May 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
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May 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: video-tingz
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What a joke. A wasted opportunity to represent marginalized groups and their downfalls in an interesting way. The author herself seems a bit confused as to what the book even contains, as she states in an interview that Adam "... winds up then being mistaken for a trans man, because there are a lot of trans men in casey's queer scene, and ends up allowing this girl he has a crush on to believe he is trans." Adam himself lied to Gillian in the book
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was funny and its narrator, Adam, was really endearing despite, or maybe because of, his crazy trans lie. I loved that this book got deeply into a small community and made fun of it while still treating its members with compassion and honesty. The book mocks sanctimony in all its forms, and it also allows its outsider-narrator to have a couple of true and moving revelations regarding identity, gender, and tolerance. That's not easy. The middle sagged a little for me, story- and pacing- ...more
Michael Livingston
Mar 22, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Faith Simon
May 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
Nope. No. Absolutely not. This is vile and complete trash. I’m never reading a single word of this.
Liza Bertoli
Nov 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
Adam is about Adam Freedman, a teenager living Piedmont, California. He moves to New York City with his older, lesbian sister Casey. There he meets Gillian who he quickly falls for. There's only one problem Gillian is Lesbian. Adam is a stupid immature teenager and his solution, pretend he's transgender. I had a really hard time getting into this book. The book is written from Adam's point of view which is painful to have to read. He thinks about making out and porn all the time, not topics I en ...more
Sleepless Dreamer
May 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
If I could, I'd ask this book to give me stars. Can't recall the last book that annoyed me this much.

The characterization in this book isn't bad and it's a fairly easy read but I genuinely think this piece of writing shouldn't be read by anyone. I'm embarrassed that this book exists. The more I think about this book, the worse it gets.

During the book, Adam claims a trans person should tell the person that they're with that they're trans because "a guy wants to know if the girl he's with has a di
Jun 19, 2014 rated it liked it
I don't know why Ariel Schrag wrote this book. While reading it, I was wondering if it was to make our queer community look itself in the face for it's more-inclusive-than-thou tendencies and secret joy of labeling and discarding things as "problematic", or just to portray how horrible it is to be in your early 20s. The premise is ridiculous and feels as if it was born from that eternal problem of (squinting eyes) "trans guy? or teenage boy..." that folks who date trans guys always have.

It is o
Aug 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
Video is UP! We read Adam so you don't have to:

wow... just wow. literally everything was "resolved" within the last 15-20 pages and that was a choice. This entire book was a choice. A very questionable choice. I have to say this author really did a good job writing from the perspective of an extremely privileged straight white boy and making nearly every single character unlikable.
May 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
Books about CORRECTIVE RAPE have no place in 2018 (MUCH LESS BE CELEBRATED). The contents of this book are absolutely disgusting and homophobic. I have so much more to say about this trash and the piece of absolute sh*t that wrote it, but I doubt anyone would want to read through me cursing out vile lesbophobes.
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Ariel Schrag was born in Berkeley, California. She is the author of the novel Adam, and the graphic memoirs Awkward, Definition, Potential, Likewise, and Part of It. Potential was nominated for an Eisner Award and Likewise was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award.

Adam was made into a feature film directed by Rhys Ernst and produced by James Schamus’s Symbolic Exchange. Schrag wrote the screenplay

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